It is estimated that more than 30 million Americans experience some degree of hearing loss (approximately 1 out of 10 people). Hearing loss affects people of all ages and, in fact, 65 percent of people with hearing loss are younger than age 65! One in six baby boomers have a hearing problem. One in fourteen Generation Xers already have hearing loss. At least 1.4 million children have hearing problems (source Better Hearing Institute).
Hearing loss due to nerve damage in the ears can be helped through amplification. Other types of hearing impairments may be medically or surgically treatable.
Actually, more people will notice your hearing loss than will notice your hearing aids. Avoiding conversations, answering questions inappropriately, asking to have the TV volume turned up and asking people to repeat themselves are all more conspicuous than a small device in your ears.
Although the technology has improved tremendously in recent years, hearing aids still do not restore normal hearing. They aid in hearing. That said, most hearing aid users report significant improvements in hearing ability and quality of life through the use of hearing aids.
Hearing aids are not covered under Medicare but many private insurances and Medicaid, as well as vocational programs do provide full or partial coverage. There are two important actions that you can take to ensure that the cost of treatment doesn’t prevent you from hearing your best, now and in the future. First, share your financial concerns with us and we will work with you to find the best treatment available within your budget. Second, contact your legislator to enact legislation that will enable you and the more than 30 million Americans with a hearing impairment to obtain more affordable treatment for hearing loss. If passed, legislation recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives (HR 1046) and the U.S. Senate (SB 1019), will provide financial assistance to treat hearing loss by creating a tax credit, to be used toward the purchase of hearing aids (up to $500 per hearing aid, available once every five years).